Italy vs Spain Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

5th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

We saw these two go head to head over the summer at Euro 2016 and it was the Italians who impressively came out on top. The Azzurri will need another big performance like that because this is the fight for control between themselves and Spain in Group G of World Cup 2018 qualifying. No-one else in the group is going to get in the qualification mix with these two most likely, so there are a big three points at stake in this one. Spain would be taking a huge advantage if they were to win the away meeting between the two, knowing that their only tough game left in qualifying would be playing hosts to Italy. It’s a massive clash and massively interesting.

Italy vs Spain Odds

Spain 6/4, Draw 19/10, Italy 2/1

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Italy vs Spain Betting Tips

It looks as if Italy are going to have to land a win in this one to have a shot at topping their World Cup 2018 qualification group over Spain. At the end of the day, you aren’t going to be looking at Italy and be expecting them to outscore Spain throughout the campaign. So getting the head to head results against Spain are going to be crucial for them. There will be an uphill struggle ahead of the Azzurri to bank top spot if they lose this one at home. The rest of the nations in the group aren’t going to have an impact in the qualification picture, so this is a straight showdown between the two giants for group supremacy after both won their opening games. Spain and Italy met in the round of sixteen at Euro 2016 in the summer and Italy took a comprehensive 2-0 win, outshining their opponents in every way.

Italy opened World Cup 2018 qualifying with a 3-1 win over Israel and they have lost just one of their last four against Spain. Italy have gone W1 D2 L1 so they have been holding their own against the Spaniards. Meetings between these two are generally tight and under 2.5 goals will return a quote of 4/9 so you may want to cut that down to under 1.5 goals for a bit of extra value. There is also the option on both teams not score in the fixture for a price of 4/6 which looks a decent punt. Just once in the last five games between these two have both teams scored in a match. So this is likely to be a huge battle and Spain have to find a way to deal with the Italians a lot better than they did at Euro 2016. In the anytime goalscorer market you have a price of 12/5 on Graziano Pelle and 11/4 on Eder as options for the Italians.

Whereas Italy have a W1 L1 record this season (the defeat coming in a friendly against France ahead of the start of World Cup 2018 qualifiers), Spain have won both of their fixtures, without having conceded a goal. They took a good 2-0 friendly win Belgium and then hammered Liechtenstein 8-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 qualification math. The Spaniards, like Italy, have a new boss in charge but they are looking bright at the moment and they are a quote of 11/4 to win to nil in this one. Historically they have never done that well in games in Italy, so that is something that they will have to figure out. But with the loss of Conte, Italy have lost some of their defensive edge and the picture may be told from the friendlies that these two have played this season. While Italy were losing at home against France, Spain were winning in Belgium. It is worth having a shot at the Spaniards to sneak a win by a one goal margin in this one. They just look as if they can shade it at the moment.

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